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Old 04-11-2007, 12:12 PM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

lkroll,

Definitely garbage in = garbage out. But, for the most part, that doesn't excuse bad masks, poor color corrections or tonal adjustments or big blurs. I was purposely not singling anyone out, just saying that this thread, like many here when someone asks how could I improve this, they get a bunch of 'answers' that look nearly as bad. The one technique that worked was essentially a button push (neat image).

I think a lot of people think that it doesn't matter if the mask is bad because it wasn't a large move or because they can't see the slop on their monitor that no one can.

- huge halo, magenta hair, washed out tonal adjustment, quite yellow skin tone.

-magenta hair, flat lightening, red/yellow excessive skin tone

-blurry, flat mess

-green, flat, blurry mess

-dear god my eyes!

Like you said, you can't polish a turd and I avoid retouching junk any time I get the opportunity. I turn down jobs left and right that need fixing beyond what is there. I don't want my name on anything that will never look good. This is also why I no longer work for a particular ad agency that would continually use horrid stock images supplied as jpgs for banners and POP displays.

The original, with the exception of the pixelated noise looks loads better than the "corrected" ones.

remove the noise and errant pixels and a small shift on the overal skin tone and it's as good as it's going to get. And, interestingly, the original poster only requested how to get rid of those multi colored and dark noise spots ......

edit: spelling
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:32 PM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

Hi

Changed RGB space
softened skin

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Old 04-11-2007, 04:01 PM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

basics yo

15
50
65
(and whatever)

ex. attached.

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Old 04-12-2007, 01:55 AM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

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basics yo

15
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65
(and whatever)

ex. attached.
Hi Ant,

what do these numbers mean

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:43 AM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

Typical CMYK values (percentages if you will) for dark skinned individuals.
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:58 AM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

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Hi

Changed RGB space
softened skin

saby
Wow! This is what I wanted. Removal of the large colored *noise* However, I don't know how to change the RGB space, or what that means really. Also how did you soften the skin?
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:00 AM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

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Typical CMYK values (percentages if you will) for dark skinned individuals.
thanks, Ant. Yes, this is also what I was attempting to do. I'm sorry to be so ignorant of how these CMYK values and the like, but I'm not understanding how you actually changed them. It's not so *typical* to me
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:57 AM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

don't apologize for what you don't know.

this will help you. http://www.adobeevangelists.com/pdfs...tByNumbers.pdf

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/archive/t-4426.html
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:56 AM
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Re: Skin toning on dark skin

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Hi ElectronicLady,

Welcome to RP!

If this is what you had in mind, I did it this way:

To lighten up the image:
  • Duplicated the Background Layer.
  • Changed the duplicate Blending to 'Screen'.
  • Duplicated the 'Screen' Layer and adjusted its Opacity until I was satisfied with the result.
  • Merged Visible... the action for merging 'visible' without losing the underlying 'steps' can be downloaded here.
To correct the colour blotches:
  • Duplicated the Merged Layer.
  • Blurred it with Gaussian Blur (3-4 Pixels Radius) and change its Blending to 'Color'.
  • Created a new blank Layer and, with a soft Brush (Opacity 30-50%), sampling colour from surrounding areas, I painted over the still differently coloured spots.
  • Used Neat Image to minimize the noise (Neat Image can be downloaded free here ).

Hope this helps...
Hi Flora, quick question - how did you isolate background on such a dark picture. Was it guess work. Ta Vicky.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:03 AM
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Typical CMYK values (percentages if you will) for dark skinned individuals.
I see Ant,

I' ve to work in cmyk often so i'll NB! these values thanks

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